António Casimiro

CORTEX: Towards Supporting Autonomous and Cooperating Sentient Objects

Paulo Veríssimo and V. Cahill and António Casimiro and K. Cheverst and A. Friday and J. Kaiser

Technical Report DI/FCUL TR-02-1, Department of Informatics, University of Lisboa, February 2002


Abstract

We are now at the point where the emergence of a new class of applications that operate independently of direct human control can be envisaged. However, this is also the crossroads between the requirements put on system support, by the advances of research on high-level models for this class of applications--- e.g. on autonomous agents and distributed AI--- and the shortcomings of current architectures and middleware models. This paper addresses the latter problem. It does a constructive analysis of the key characteristics of the aforementioned applications, amongst which sentience, studying the interaction types to be supported, and establishing requirements on the programming model, and on distributed architecture. It then describes the approach taken by CORTEX to reach a solution, in the form of infrastructural support to construct large-scale proactive applications and thereby to validate the use of sentient objects as a viable approach to the construction of such applications.

BibTeX

@TechReport{di-fcul-tr-02-1,
    author = {Paulo Veríssimo and V. Cahill and António Casimiro and K. Cheverst and A. Friday and J. Kaiser},
    title = {CORTEX: Towards Supporting Autonomous and Cooperating Sentient Objects},
    institution = {Department of Informatics, University of Lisbon},
    month = {February},
    year = {2002},
    type = {DI/FCUL TR},
    number = {02--1},
    url = {http://www.di.fc.ul.pt/tech-reports/02-1.pdf}
}

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